i. I wait for the woman to realize I’m pregnant–tight and round, belly twitching like an egg imminently breaking, like in Are You My Mother.
Wait for her to realize she took my seat–the one reserved for pregnant chics like me expecting a quick sit.
Instead, I mutter.
I wait for the house to be in order, for it to look ready for upheaval, change.
For my toddler-daughter to feel ready for a potty. Instead, encroaching anxiety. When will this baby be born?
When and how will I get baby clothes when I continue to miss every US sale and support. Freaking overseas and in need.
Waiting to meet this Israeli doctor who will perform our son’s bris in a culture that sees our ritual as outlandish, unnecessary, and above all, painful.
Waiting for my mind to join me in exhale.
Waiting to get the chance to sit under the puffy blooms of a tree, which are by essence, evasive and fleeting. Waiting for time to open-up.
For goodness and mercy to calm my anxiety and reach me.
I’m still standing, lady.
ii. While waiting, now slippers on,
soothing rendition of spirituals, Beatles’ Hey Jude,
Matisse coral shapes and humpback whales
block prints of Fuji, baby catalogues, coupons, and onezie giveaways.
Jack Johnson cuts through and I’m back to where I gave birth
and learned to nurse my little girl.
“Times like these, times like those.
What will be will be and so it goes.”
and enjoying breath,
waiting giving way to a baby boy.
The Waiting Game is surely part of our human experience. Drive-thru lines, waiting on a pee-stick result, waiting til the little guy is born, trying to distract yourself as you wait on a prognosis, waiting for the turkey’s little thing to pop-out & scream, “Done!”
When has waiting been most painful, exhilarating, or transformative?